The Adolescent and Young Adult Cancer Service is here to help improve outcomes for young people aged between 12 and 24 with cancer in New Zealand. This is done through helping to coordinate your cancer care with other health professionals, and assisting with addressing you and your family’s social concerns during and after treatment.
The AYA Cancer Service is a team of health professionals focused on providing care for AYA’s with Cancer.
The team consists of:
The team works together to ensure each AYA patient gets the care and support that they require, along with ensuring that the unique needs of young cancer patients are highlighted and addressed on both a local and national level.
The CDHB has an AYA Key Worker who meets all 12 to 24 year olds with a diagnosis of cancer whilst they are in hospital. Support is offered and a strong focus of the service is advocacy. This means that your key worker works with you, your family/whānāu and your health care team to ensure that your needs are met and that you understand the information being given to you.
If you want, your key worker can also liaise with your school, tertiary institution or employer to help your friends or colleagues to understand what is happening to you and to ensure that you get the right support from them. The key worker will not speak to these people without your permission.
If you are aged 12 to 24, have a cancer diagnosis and wish to make contact with the key worker or to find out more about the service please call:
AYA Cancer Key Worker
Phone: 03 364 1541 or 027 382 6584
AYA Clinical Lead
Clinical Nurse Specialist
Dr Tristan Pettit
Dr Kate Gardner
Dr Sean MacPherson
Page last updated: 22 July 2019
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